Book 2 is just as good as book one. Your attention is riveted by everyone in the story. Having just found these books so many years after they were ..Show More »written, they seem to have modern issues that are relevant today. Hope to keep reading all the V.I. series.
I LOVE SUSAN ERICKSAN!! I HAVE YET TO LISTEN TO A BOOK THAT SHE HAS READ THAT I HAVENT ENJOYED! SHE DOES AN AWESOME JOB. SARA PARETSKY KEEPS YOU ON TH..Show More »E EDGE OF YOUR SEAT WONDER WHAT WILL HAPPEN!
Each character, the growing and changing relationships of VI, how VI came to be who she is, and how other significant characters came to be who they a..Show More »re, are all the fodder of this novel. I can't imagine it being better.Sadly, I think I have listened to all of her books. I love the audio performances, and what I love most is the most evident in this one. Perhaps it is a bit over the top in its final action scene, but I didn't care, because I can listen to this performance of this particular book and be completely and totally captivated.
This is the seventh book in the Warshawski series and was published in 1992. I noticed there were no cell phones, Vic was always looking for a pay ph..Show More »one, and I also noted she was using an Olivetti typewriter. Vic did say in the story she needed to learn how to use a computer and obtain one, she said this during a break-in, while trying to figure out how to get into the companies computer for information.
In this story Mr. Contaras, an elderly neighbor of V. I. Warshawski, has an alcoholic friend Mitch Kruger. They both retired from Diamond Head Machine Company at the same time approximately 12 years ago. Kruger bragged he is going to be rich from Diamond Head but then he is then found dead in a sanitary canal. A neighbor down the street Mrs. Frizell was found to have traded her CD investment for junk bonds in Diamond Head. Vic is on the case with numerous threatening confrontations, middle of the night file searches, car chases and crashes, another murder, a nasty beating of her friend Dr. Lotty Hershel and the appearance in the case of Vic’s ex-husband. We have a scandal of one of Chicago oldest industrial families, union fraud, and a politically connected bank. Suspense rarely flags in a Paretsky novel.
Susan Ericksen does a great job of portraying the flippant, mean mouth style of Warshawski. Some of the other readers in this series could not pull it off as well as Ericksen. Kathy Bates was the other reader than did a good job with Warshawski. If you enjoy the Paretsky series you will enjoy this book. Even though each book stands alone I do wish I had read this series in order so I could see the development of the various characters.
I listened to one of the Paretsky novels read by Jean Smart, and was so pleased with my first experience with this author that I decided to try this n..Show More »ovel. It was true that the quality of the audio left something to be desired in HARD TIME the Jean Smart narrated novel, but the reading was so good that it made up for it.
The opposite is true for this novel. The reader is so poor that I simply could not finish listening. I have ordered the book so that I can read it myself to see how it ends. The reader did not distinguish between characters or, indeed, put any emotion into her reading. I also noticed what other reviewers pointed out: The reader frequently mispronounces words.
If you want to listen to a Paretsky novel, I suggest wading through the somewhat distractingly poor quality of HARD TIME instead of this well produced, but very poorly read alternative.
This is a rip-roaring "V.I." novel read with versatility and passion by Jean Smart, but the microphone bumps and shifts in sound quality knocked this ..Show More »down to four stars. If you are listening with headphones, turn down the volume about 2 hours and 25 minutes before the end. The volume jumps to DEAFENING and the sound is comparable to bad AM radio. Still, it's worth the listening experience.
I found this story to be emotionally satisfying, believable and gripping to the end. I have listened to it many times. This seems to me to be a deepe..Show More »r character study of the people who fans of Sara Paretsky have come to know.
Here's an audiobook that really needs to be abridged to separate the story from hours of superfluous blather about the "McCarthy Era." I appreciated t..Show More »he occasional jab at the stupidity of the Patriot Act, but hours spent reliving the (fictitious in the audiobook) trials of the House Unamerican Activities Committee -- boooring, and not much to do with the underlying (and I do mean underlying) story. The story itself is OK (not great) but it's so broken up by McCarthy-stuff, and there are so many characters/names, that you lose track of who's doing what to whom -- to the point you don't really care. Save your money -- Audible has lots of better audiobooks to choose from.
The first five hours of this audiobook find VI mawkishly wallowing in her memories. It's so boring I almost stopped listening. I'm glad I didn't. The ..Show More »book picks up steam in the sixth hour and Part Two speeds along in a satisfying manner. The ending was so good I even shed a tear, so I'm glad I persisted. But those five hours are just about half the book, and that's why, despite the stellar second part, I gave it three stars.
Perhaps more ardent fans of VI than I, won't find the first part as boring as I did.
The narrator is just OK. She uses the same voices for several characters, making it hard to understand who is saying what. Her voicing of Uncle Peter's temper tantrums grates on the ears.
I don't recommend this as a first read in the VI Warshawsky series.
In this book, a soldier suffering from PTSD after three tours of duty in Iraq/Afghanistan, is accused of murder. VI is hired by the parents to clear h..Show More »im. What follows is highly entertaining, another well woven tale in the series. There's just enough wry humor to be satisfying.
What interested me most is VI's self-assessment. She's 50ish, no longer young, a point driven home by almost every other character. She's questioning her vocation as a private investigator, and asking what she has to show for her life. If there's another book in the series, it will be interesting to see if it's the last, and if so, how VI retires.
Susan Ericksen did a good job narrating the story and giving just the right amount of the flip attitude of V. I. Warshawski. Paretsky gives us a bit ..Show More »of Chicago history and a descriptive view of the city. The use of young girls book club as the underpinnings of the story was interesting. Warshawski's having to research into Lithuanian history under the Nazi was interesting. Lots of suspense and nail-biting moments in the story that moves right along. I disagree with the prior reviewer as many books have either right or left wing politics in the stories and as long as it fits into the story line it is acceptable but if the politics over helms the story line I then object. Fans of Paretsky will enjoy this book as she still has her skill with a story.